Allegedly 12C, but it felt like 4C waiting on the Albert Dock in the wind. Overcast to start, breezy, but sun broke through later on. Only got agreement from my physio to run yesterday, on condition that I pull out if Achilles flares up.
Did a faster than planned first 10k, even though it had plenty of climbs up to Everton FC. From 10k to 23k I ran and chatted with a chap from Ayr (works in Fire Brigade doing his first marathon, but didn’t get a name). Passed 21.1k in under 2 hours (good for me) and realised I was running too fast. Didn’t wear chest HR strap but noted my pace.
Really struggled on a climb at 24k and fell behind the chap from Ayr. Just lacked energy, bounce. Think my conditioning suffered because I hadn’t run for a couple of weeks, and it had turned hot. I started to run/walk and kept going. By the last part of the race it was more walking than running.
Think it was in Sefton Park a chap ran past then came back and asked if I was Jeff’s brother. Think his name was Mark, we ran together for a few hundred yards. (He’d been with Jeff in Poland recently on business)
No heel problems, but I did feel my core strength wasn’t great. My lower back tired but didn’t spasm. My hips tired and after finishing my right adductors told me I’d overworked them a bit.
Ran the last 400m or so and enjoyed the finish. In fact I enjoyed it all. Even when I was walking I walked purposefully, held my head high and smiled an awful lot. I’d rather do that than shuffle along with a grimace and suffer more afterwards.
Was a little disappointed I couldn’t run more of the 26.2, but I know I was so close to not running at all. Entering the arena the penny dropped that I’d done it and I had a few seconds of big emotion, the completion of many months of training. If I ever lose that feeling for the marathon it’ll be time to call it a day.
Only noticed a blister on left foot; not bad. No doubt I’ll be a bit stiff in the morning. Overall it was a good event, well organised, more hills than I’d expected, a lot of crowd shouts for ‘go Steve’, and my spectator (wife) could have done with food on sale in the arena. A minor criticism.
Distance: 42.2km (Garmin 42.07km)
Official time: 4:52:55
Garmin time: 4:52:38 (my first button press didn’t work)
Avg HR: no data
Avg pace: 6:57 min/km